At WNS, We're In It To Win It

Our top priority is to keep WNS students on campus and engaged in the full academic program that distinguishes our school, while also keeping both students and faculty safe. We can accomplish this if we have everyone’s full support and partnership. Below is a summary recap of the key elements of our Five Layers of Safety for a successful 2022-23 School Year. 

1. Limit Chance of Exposure

  • Masks: keep high quality masks handy. While masks are optional indoors and outdoors at WNS, we ask that you use your best judgement when around others that you do not know. If you are in a crowded indoor venue, consider wearing a mask. 
  • Antigen tests: Test regularly, and ask others to do so, too. If you or your student were in a situation where exposure could have occurred (big indoor event, indoor sports activities, travel activities, etc.), please take an antigen test before coming back to campus.
  • Symptom screening: continue to seriously symptom screen and keep your students home if they have any non-chronic symptoms.
  • Communicate: email or call the school nurse if you have had a potential close contact so we can guide you on any isolation precautions. Please access the TOS if there has been any exposure. 
  • Playdates: This is also a time to schedule lots of playdates for your children. We suggest antigen testing before playdates. Please actively supervise during these playdates, as many children are relearning how to socialize and engage in positive play, sharing, and managing their language, and may need your positive coaching. 

2. COVID Vaccination

  • There is no single better barrier to spreading COVID or to avoid serious illness than to get the COVID vaccine.
  • 100% of WNS Faculty and Staff are vaccinated (this is a requirement)
  • Being ‘fully vaccinated’ means having received a booster vaccine if eligible.

Update for the 2022-23 School Year: 

  • All faculty, staff, and students 5 years and older are required to be fully vaccinated as of the start of the 2022-23 school year. 
  • Full vaccination will include receipt of any booster doses recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and/or the Los Angeles Department of Public Health (LADPH).
  • Boosters: A booster dose is now recommended by the CDC and FDA for anyone 5 years and older five months after receiving the initial doses.
  • Documentation of K-8 student vaccination status (uploaded into Playground) will be required within two weeks of a child aging into vaccine eligibility.
  • Children under 5 years of age can now receive a COVID vaccination. While not required at this time, we strongly encourage our preschool and DK students to be vaccinated when they become eligible.

3. Symptom Screening

The most important thing you can do is to authentically symptom screen the household each morning and hold your student back from school if anyone in your household has any of the following symptoms:
 
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Fever over 100.4 degrees
  • Chills and/or body pain. 

Daily symptom screening of your student(s) and your household is essential to our protection of the school community from COVID. If any YES answer, please keep your child(ren) home and contact the School Nurse at Schoolnurse@wns-la.org.

1. If your child or someone in the household has mild symptoms that may or may not be symptoms of COVID-19, such as congestion or sniffles, please take two antigen tests two days apart and contact the school nurse before sending your student to school. 
 
2. If in doubt, please take a day or two in TOS and test to be sure there is no COVID-19 infection before sending your child to school. 
 

PLAYGROUND DAILY SYMPTOM SCREENING QUESTIONS:

Testing Protocols & Travel Guidance - Updated July 2022

Stay tuned for our testing protocols for the 2022-23 school year. 

 

2021-22 TRAVEL TESTING REQUIREMENTS:

I’M AN UNVACCINATED STUDENT

  • Domestic Travel: Two-day buffer required after travel before PCR test 
  • International Travel: Must quarantine for 7 days and take PCR test on or after the 5th day back 

I’M A VACCINATED STUDENT

  • Domestic Travel: No buffer required after domestic travel (antigen or PCR test after domestic travel) 
  • International Travel: Must isolate for 3 days, taking PCR test on or after 3rd day of being home, before returning to campus

I’M AN UNVACCINATED PARENT/CAREGIVER of an UNVACCINATED STUDENT

  • Domestic Travel: Two-day buffer after travel before PCR test
  • International Travel: Must quarantine for 7 days and take PCR test on or after the 5th day back

I’M A VACCINATED PARENT/CAREGIVER

  • Domestic Travel: No buffer required after domestic travel (antigen or PCR test after domestic travel) 
  • International Travel: Must isolate for 3 days, taking PCR test on or after 3rd day of being home, before returning to campus

4. School Based Layers of Mitigation

REVISED ECC-8 MASK POLICY EFFECTIVE MONDAY

Currently masks are OPTIONAL indoors and outdoors. Please note, this is subject to change.
 
The EXCEPTIONS are as follows:
  • Students still need to bring a mask everyday; we will require masks when indoors in mixed groups.
  • Any students on campus under the Test to Stay protocol must wear a mask indoors and outdoors (other than when eating or drinking) during their 10 day Test to Stay protocol. 
  • Any asymptomatic student or staff member who is permitted by the school nurse back on campus five days after a household exposure must wear a mask indoors and outdoors for five additional days. 
    • If conditions change, we can and will quickly readjust our mask protocols. All of the cases we’ve had over the past two months have been from household transmission, which will be unlikely to reach our campus if parents and caregivers are also testing weekly; it is very important that everyone tests regularly.
    • ECC-8 Test to Stay Protocol: ECC-8th grade students may continue to attend school under the Test to Stay protocol if there is a positive case in their class. When this occurs, students who are asymptomatic may remain in school with the required testing and must wear KN95 or KF94 (or Happy Masks) over a minimum of five days both indoors AND outdoors
  1. PROTOCOLS FOR PARENTS/CAREGIVERS VISITING CAMPUS

We are committed to rebuilding our parent-school connection and community as we look forward to the 2022-23 school year. 

    • Parents and caregivers who are fully vaccinated and have a weekly negative PCR or “day-of” negative antigen test will be able to regularly come onto campus as was the case prior to the pandemic. Details will be provided later this summer as we approach the new school year.
  • All parents and caregivers, regardless of vaccination status, will be able to participate in many on-campus activities provided protocols are followed. 
  • Lanyards are required for any campus visitors for school security purposes. 
  • All vehicles entering campus need to have a WNS vehicle sticker (will be distributed to new families as a part of your Summer Program packet or in the fall prior to the start of school).

5. Infection Containment

Updated February 9, 2022
 
Based on recommendations from the CDC and guidelines from the SDPH, LADPH, and with consultation with medical and public health professionals, we will be following these protocols for infection management at WNS: 
Temporary Out of School Plan (TOS)

WNS has created a Temporarily Out of School plan (TOS) for K-8 students missing school only for the following reasons:

  • Students in isolation due to a positive COVID-19 test
  • Student in quarantine due to an exposure to COVID-19
  • Students awaiting a negative test result after travel or other high-risk encounter 
If you think your student qualifies for TOS, please submit your request via the button below.
 
  • Complete the registration form via the button below. If you know your student will be out ahead of time, please submit your request as soon as possible to avoid delays. 
  • With advance notice, your child should be able to begin using the TOS program immediately. When it is a same day notice, we will make every effort to get your student engaged in TOS ASAP and will do so within 24 hours.
  • Students missing school are always welcome to check the classroom website (K-1) or Google Classroom (2-8) to view assignments.
  • You will receive information from your child’s teacher and/or the TOS teacher (K-4 only) within 24 hours or 1 full business day.
  • You will be contacted by the health office within 48 hours to determine and collect the student’s return date. To help expedite this process you may contact Chelsea Magdaleno at cmagdaleno@wnsk8.com with a good time to connect, Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
TOS is not for students missing school for the following reasons:
  • Missing school for the day due to a doctor appointment or other appointments
  • Missing school while on vacation
  • Missing school for 1-2 days unrelated to COVID-19

Why can it take up to 24 hours or 1 full business day to fully enter the TOS program? 

WNS is committed to continuous learning in all environments.  This means we need time to notify teachers, collect materials and communicate with families.  Notifying the school over the weekend may result in a Tuesday start in the TOS program.

We are fortunate to have an expert in the field of virtual learning: Lori Getz, Director of Online Learning, as part of the WNS team. If you have questions regarding online learning, please reach out to your child’s teacher, or Lori at onlinelearning@wns-la.org. 

will have a morning meeting and afternoon check-in all together, and work independently on their Seesaw activities in between. 

will have a morning meeting together, work independently on Google Classroom activities, and an afternoon check-in by grade level. 

will receive an email reminder for accessing assignments on Google Classroom and have a check-in with their teacher in the afternoon. Students will work independently on their Google Classroom activities and email with teachers about their classwork. 

will access their class schedule on Google Calendar and assignments on Google Classroom. Google Calendar will indicate if a student is expected to Zoom into any classes each day. Students have one check-in with a teacher in the afternoon and will work independently on their Google Classroom activities and email with teachers about their classwork. 

 

Our pathway to a successful 2021-22 school year will require the full support and cooperation of every member of our school community. Working together, we can win this!

 

For more information...

For a more detailed look into daily school protocols, key contact information and helpful resources from the State Department of Public Health (SDPH) and Los Angeles County Department of Health (LADPH), please visit our expanded COVID Protocol page by clicking below.